BU Intractive Design, Fall 2019
James’ design approach is a powerful combination of theory and execution. Informed by an empirically based methodology that he developed as part of his MFA thesis at Rhode Island School of Design, it encourages a deeper level of creative exploration, which he balances with an unparalleled understanding of brand and visual communication.

This intersection of education and practice continues to inform Design Axl’s creative approach. As an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Boston University, James has a unique testing ground to develop new ideas and share them with young, engaged students eager to push the boundaries of what design can do.

Below is a sample of recent courses, lectures, workshops, and impact. Download full CV


Courses

Graduate Graphic Design 1
CFA AR 881 A1 and B1, Spring 2020

Motion Graphics
CFA AR 576, Spring 2020

BU Spark! Product Innovation
HUB XC433, Spring 2020
(co-taught with Ziba Cranmer)

Interactive Design
CFA AR 589, Fall 2019

Senior Graphic Design
CFA AR 483 A1 and B1, Fall 2019

BU Spark! Product Innovation
CAS CS 491, Fall 2019
(co-taught with Ziba Cranmer)

Typography 1
CFA AR 385S A1, Summer 2019

Senior Thesis
CFA AR 484 A1 and B1, Spring 2019

Motion Graphics
CFA AR 576, Spring 2019

BU Spark! Product Innovation
CAS CS 492, (Advisor) Spring 2019

Graduate Graphic Design 1
CFA AR 881 A1 and B1, Fall 2018

Sophomore Typography 1
CFA AR 385 A1, Fall 2018

Lectures and Workshops

2019
Lecture, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth—Dartmouth, MA
Department of Graphic Design

2019
Lecture, Florida Atlantic University
Department of Graphic Design

2019
Workshop, Boston University
BU Spark!, Hariri Institute for Computing
(Co-led with Erica Gunn, SHYFT)

2019
Lecture, Boston University
Boston University Arts Administration Program

2018
Lecture, Boston University—Boston, MA
Teaching with Technology Festival 2018

Impact

2019–2020
Co-Chair, Graduate Graphic Design

2018–2019
Co-Chair, Undergraduate Graphic Design

Spring 2019
Primary thesis advisor, 30 Undergraduate students

Advised BFA thesis show 2019 installation and logistics

Advised BFA thesis show 2019 branding, Spectacle

Developed collaboration between School of Visual Arts and BU Spark! Technology Innovation Fellowship at the Hariri Institute for Computing

Developed collaboration between School of Visual Arts and BU School of Theater